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Panetta to Be Named C.I.A. Director New York Times | An unexpected choice, and another former Clintonite in the ranks.
Obama Meeting With Hill Leaders on Economic Recovery Package CQ Politics | Obama has his series of photo-ops with leaders. Stimulus timing still the key issue
U.S. Senate Rejects Burris' Credentials Chicago Tribune | Blagojevich pick foiled by paperwork.
Court Rejects Coleman Bid to Consider Rejected Absentee Ballots Minneapolis Star-Tribune | Coleman will continue court fight, but this was probably his best chance.
Why Are There No Black Senators? FiveThirtyEight | Interesting analysis, though headline will be moot if Burris ever gets seated.
Obama Plan Includes $300 Billion in Tax Cuts New York Times | Cutting taxes will probably be the easiest part of the package. What about the rest?
Team Pressed Richardson, Got Nothing Politico | What did the Obama people know and when did they know it?
US Policy Struggles to Get Ahead of Events Financial Times | Economy moving downhill so fast it will be tough for Obama to move quickly enough.
If Obama Is Serious, He Should Get Tough With Israel Newsweek | An immediate test of whether Obama will change U.S. foreign policy.
Six-Way Race for GOP Chairman Heats Up USA Today | It's the one race Republicans can't possibly lose.

By Ben Pershing  |  January 5, 2009; 7:52 AM ET
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